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									                                       ISU Package

The goal of the Independent Study Unit for history is to train all students to become
independent learners capable of writing an argumentative research paper with a proper
thesis and documented footnotes. To achieve this objective, students need to learn to
develop research and organizational skills. This independent study unit includes both the
research process and a research essay. The research portion of the ISU is worth 50% of
the total final mark. Each stage must be submitted for feedback and evaluation before
proceeding to the next stage to ensure authenticity of authorship and quality and validity
of research. The process is divided into the following stages and evaluated as follows:


1. Research Proposal:                                       10 marks

2. Categorization of evidence sheet:                        40 marks

3. Primary/Secondary Source Evidence Worksheet              25 marks

4. Essay Outline                                            25 marks

5. Final Research Essay                                     100 marks

Total ISU:                                                  200 marks


Students should read and follow the directions in this package carefully to earn the
highest possible grade. Students have done poorly in the past when they have left part of
the assignment incomplete. Your work will be evaluated at each stage of the research
process. Each stage has a deadline, so the instructor will not guarantee that late stages
will be graded before the deadline of the subsequent stage. Given the early notice of
this major assignment, late stages will also be subject to a 5% penalty a day without an
adequate explanation (i.e. serious illness, death in the family)up to a maximum of five
days. A mark of zero will be assigned to papers that are submitted after this five day
window.

Plagiarism : The Canada World Studies/Social Sciences Department will not tolerate
plagiarism of any form. Students are encouraged to follow a strict code of honesty to
experience life long success. A student suspected of committing plagiarism will have
his/her work taken before the Departmental plagiarism committee where it will be judged
by three faculty members. The student will be required to submit an interview with the
committee to defend their paper. Failure to attend will result in a zero mark and
suspension. If the student is found guilty s/he will receive a zero on the assignment and
will be dealt with by administration as per school policy.




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Research Skills Process: Stage #1 Proposal


Name:________________________________

Thinking and Inquiry 5 + 5 Communication= 20 marks

The topic I have selected is:_________________________________________________

My working thesis question is:_______________________________________________

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Early research and information found that could be useful: (list at least three
facts/ideas/arguments that could be useful for proving your topic. Point form is
acceptable, but please be specific.) You may use the back of your sheet if you need extra
room):




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Resource Selection
Please list some of the books you plan on using for your ISU. These books should be
listed in proper bibliographical format. Use the back of the sheet to complete your list if
need be. Use books only. Grade 10 students=3 books, Grade 11 students= 4 books and
grade 12 students=5 books.

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           Categories/Card Notes Sheet
                    (40 Marks)
This stage of the ISU is asking you to break your topic into different categories. Each category could
possibly be used as a body paragraph for your essay. It is best to do at least 6 categories because this will
allow you to see what you’re strongest points are and in what areas you have the most information. The
Categories sheet can be done in a chart form and the information can be put in point form. You may also
include any good primary or secondary source quotes you find that might be useful for your essay. Please
remember if you are in grades 10 or 11 you will do categories (unless instructed otherwise by your teacher).
Grade 12 students will always do card notes.

Some of the different categories you can look at to start your research are as follows:

Political
Social
Military
Artistic
Intellectual
Religious
Technological/Scientific
Economic
Autobiographical

These categories are a good first step, but remember that you can get specific into your topic. For
instance if your essay was on the technology of World War One you could create categories for
tanks, planes, guns, submarines etc. Another example is if you are looking at the Spartans you can
look at the role of women, military training and Marriage. Always be sure that any information
you use is relevant to your topic. You should also always include your working thesis question.
An Example of the chart (you should go into greater detail on yours) is as follows:

Working Thesis Question: Did Julius Caesar always put the people or Rome first?

Circus Maxixus        Military Victories     Dealings with Poor     After his Death       Personality
-held free games      -“We win these         -Caesar often went     -Marc Antony          -Often spoke with
for the people and    Battles for the        to the poorest parts   stated that in        the people to hear
gave them bread to    People of Rome         of town even.          Caesar’s will there   what they had to
eat. This was         and for their          -many of people in     were plans to         say.
important because     Glory” Caesar.         these parts had the    return control of
it shows the people   -Shows Caesar put      plague.                Rome to the           -“Romans are
saw that he was       people first.          -shows Caesar          people.               Rome and I am
trying to do what     -"Veni, vidi, vici"    wanted to be in                              their servant.” (pg
was best for them.                           touch with the                               37)
(pg 23)                                      poor.


Be sure to include as much information as possible. It is always good to check a number of books to be sure
you have found the most important bits of evidence to build and prove your thesis. It is always best to put
information in the chart in your own words. This way you can prevent accidentally plagiarizing the works
of an author or book. Always check with your teacher if you want to be sure you have the best categories




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and relevant information. You should always include your working thesis with your Categories Sheet
or Card Notes.
                              ISU Essay Source Worksheet.
                                      (25 marks)
A primary source is any piece of information that was created at the time being studied, by the people
being studied. The most important are primary documents such as official reports, speeches, letters and
diaries by participants, and eyewitness accounts (as by a journalist who was there.) A memoir,
autobiography or oral interviews with participants taken years later are considered primary sources,
although historians pay special attention to memory problems and efforts by participants to recall the past
according to their own script. In a broader sense primary sources also include physical objects like
photographs, newsreels, coins, paintings or buildings created at the time. For a study of literature or popular
culture, fictional sources can be used. However, fictional sources are not considered "primary sources" for
actual events. A work on history is not likely to be taken seriously if it only cites secondary sources, as it
does not indicate that original research has been done. Remember for it to be a primary source the
speaker was at the event.

A secondary source is a historical work built up from primary sources. A scholarly book or article is a
secondary source. Popular books, films and novels usually do not attempt to be familiar with the
scholarship or the primary sources (there are some popular writers who are close enough to scholarship to
be included.) Documentary films can be considered a secondary source or primary source, depending on
how much the filmmaker modifies the original sources. Interviews with historians are considered
secondary; interviews with people who were there at the time are considered primary. History books are
considered secondary sources (though they are primary sources when studying the historians who wrote
them.)

Fill in the following information provided on the sheet. Grade ten students should list 3 primary source
entries and 1 seconday source entry, Grade 11= 4 primary source entries and 2 secondary source entries and
Grade 12 = 5 primary source entries and 3 secondary source entries. This information can be provided on
the sheet or type out when handed in. Always be specific in providing information on the usefulness of the
quotation.

Working Thesis:
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Primary Source 1:

Quote:
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Speaker/ Writer & why are they important and significat to this issue?:
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Book and Page Number: ___________________________________________________


Usefulness to Proving Thesis: _______________________________________________
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Primary Source 2:

Quote:
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Speaker/ writer& why are they important and significat to this issue?::
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Book and Page Number: ___________________________________________________

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Usefulness to Proving Thesis: _______________________________________________
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Primary Source 3:

Quote:
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Speaker/ writer& why are they important and significat to this issue?::
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Book and Page Number: ___________________________________________________

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Usefulness to Proving Thesis: _______________________________________________
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Primary Source 4:

Quote:
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Speaker/ writer& why are they important and significat to this issue?::
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Book and Page Number: ___________________________________________________

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Usefulness to Proving Thesis: _______________________________________________
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Primary Source 5:

Quote:
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Speaker/ writer& why are they important and significat to this issue?::
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Book and Page Number: ___________________________________________________

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Usefulness to Proving Thesis: _______________________________________________
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Secondary Source 1:

Quote:
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Speaker/ writer& why are they important and significat to this issue?::
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Book and Page Number: ___________________________________________________

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Usefulness to Proving Thesis: _______________________________________________
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Secondary Source 2:

Quote:
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Speaker/ writer& why are they important and significat to this issue?::
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Book and Page Number: ___________________________________________________

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Usefulness to Proving Thesis: _______________________________________________
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Secondary Source 3:

Quote:
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Speaker/ writer& why are they important and significat to this issue?::
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Book and Page Number: ___________________________________________________

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Usefulness to Proving Thesis: _______________________________________________
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                                Essay Outline
                                 (25 marks)
The Essay Outline is a roadmap for your argument. This will help you to plot out your
argument and craft a stronger essay. Please ensure that you fill in the following
areas with specific information.
I. Introductory Paragraph
General Comment: (Write at least 4 sentences introducing your topic that gives
background information and capture your audience’s attention-concept of story)
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Research Question:
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Thesis Statement: (Answer the above question in one clear and precise sentence-you will
defend this argument in your essay).Do not indent!
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II. Body of the Essay:
Paragraph One:(Write a topic sentence that serves as the main idea of the paragraph and
includes one of the arguments of your thesis).
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supporting evidence #1 in point form and a short explanation of how it supports your
thesis.
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supporting evidence #2 in point form and a short explanation of how it supports your
thesis
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supporting evidence #3 in point form and a short explanation of how it supports your
thesis
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closing sentence:
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Paragraph Two:(Write a topic sentence that serves as the main idea of the paragraph and
includes one of the arguments of your thesis).


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supporting evidence #1 in point form and a short explanation of how it supports your
thesis.
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supporting evidence #2 in point form and a short explanation of how it supports your
thesis
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supporting evidence #3 in point form and a short explanation of how it supports your
thesis
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closing sentence:
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Paragraph Three:(Write a topic sentence that serves as the main idea of the paragraph
and includes one of the arguments of your thesis).
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supporting evidence #1 in point form and a short explanation of how it supports your
thesis.
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supporting evidence #2 in point form and a short explanation of how it supports your
thesis
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supporting evidence #3 in point form and a short explanation of how it supports your
thesis
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closing sentence:
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Paragraph Four:(Write a topic sentence that serves as the main idea of the paragraph and
includes one of the arguments of your thesis).
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supporting evidence #1 in point form and a short explanation of how it supports your
thesis.
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supporting evidence #2 in point form and a short explanation of how it supports your
thesis
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supporting evidence #3 in point form and a short explanation of how it supports your
thesis
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closing sentence:
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Paragraph Five:(Write a topic sentence that serves as the main idea of the paragraph and
includes one of the arguments of your thesis). [optional paragraph]
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supporting evidence #1 in point form and a short explanation of how it supports your
thesis.
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supporting evidence #2 in point form and a short explanation of how it supports your
thesis
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supporting evidence #3 in point form and a short explanation of how it supports your
thesis
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closing sentence:
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Paragraph Six:(Write a topic sentence that serves as the main idea of the paragraph and
includes one of the arguments of your thesis). [optional paragraph]
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supporting evidence #1 in point form and a short explanation of how it supports your
thesis.
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supporting evidence #2 in point form and a short explanation of how it supports your
thesis
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supporting evidence #3 in point form and a short explanation of how it supports your
thesis
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closing sentence:
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III. Concluding Paragraph
(Re-state your thesis idea in a new way: one sentence)
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(Summarize the main arguments in point form) Do not indent!
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(Closing observation: What was the overall lesson to be learned from this event and
subsequent outcomes?...This will make up your concluding sentence or sentences):
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